In 1939 National Aviation Day was first proclaimed by President Franklin Roosevelt as August 19, Orville Wright’s birthday. Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when his birthday was first designated as National Aviation Day.
This August 15-21, 2014 is National Aviation Week, observed each year during the week of Orville Wright’s birthday.
With Orville making his first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903, and Seymour Johnson AFB located right here in Goldsboro, N.C., this commemoration has particular significance to us for reminding us of how taking to the air has changed the way we think about the world, and what we take for granted these days, such as not having to row to Hawaii, and next-day mail delivery. In the Erwin Library Circulation Desk book exhibit area find wonderful and colorfully illustrated histories of the development of aviation, as well as biographies of famous aviators. Make sure to search the Erwin Library’s OPAC to find even more books available for you to check out about these topics.